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University Museum of Natural History

Address: Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
Phone Number: 44-1865-272950
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Ranked #4 of 94 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Housed in a Victorian-style building, this University museum features collections of zoological...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Housed in a Victorian-style building, this University museum features collections of zoological, entomological and mineral specimens that have been collected over the last three centuries.

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Milnerton, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

There are some excellent specimens here, especially dinosaurs, including t-rex, and a fantastic insect collection. More impressive than the exhibits in my opinion though, is the building itself - a marvel of 1800's architecture and engineering and a true artwork. Entry is free, which is a bonus.

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Oxford UK
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

With small grandchildren this is the destination of choice for them. They absolutely love it .. the pattable (stuffed) animals, the big dinosaur skeletons, the fossils and suchlike.... and the bees coming and going on the first floor into their "hive". There is a added attraction of the Pitt Rivers Museum at the rear which is rather darker (in every... More 

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Wonderful grade 1 listed building in Victorian gothic. Went on the free 45minute tour which was excellent (book at front desk). Can get noisy with young visitors so choose your time carefully if that concerns you. Collections fascinating. Very good scale measure of distances from earth to moon and sun and then on to alpha centauri from the tables in... More 

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Milton Keynes
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105 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

One of Oxford's real gems, an uncompromising design of building hosting a significant collection. Family- and child-friendly and with some discrete adaptations, is mobility impaired-friendly as well. Free admission. Buggy parking only in the entrance hall. Slightly strange shop spread along the back wall and a cafe spread along the back gallery wall upstairs. The self-service cafe is a sort... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

It was our third visit to Oxford, however the first time to the museum, please put this on your must visit list.

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

There are many wonderful things to see at the University Museum of Natural History - ancient fossils and deep sea creatures - and some not so wonderful: cases packed with stuffed birds and animals. However these need to be seen in context, as many were over a hundred years old and from a different time. Elsewhere in the museum there... More 

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Wolverhampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Visited the museum today with my oh and children- lots to see and child friendly displays for them to touch and feel- its free entry- there are shops but these were over priced however I suppose they have to make money some how- parking is quite pricey and not that near so you so have to walk to the museum.... More 

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Winsford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Loved the dinosaurs, obviously, but really well set out and lots to see and do. Easy to understand the displays and great for kids. Good education for all and not just the kids!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I went with my family and we really enjoyed the visit to this museum. very good museum for family and kids

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I like to go in and just enjoy the architecture. The wrought iron is made into lots of different botanical shapes. The fluorescent minerals are interesting. The model of the double helix, being able to stroke a stuffed fox and pony with items labelled in brail makes it accessible for so many people. It's great. children are obviously welcome with... More 

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